San Gabriel Chapter

General Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center - 1750 North Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA. All are welcome to our meetings!

Feel free to join us for a no host dinner prior to the meeting (about 6:15 pm) at Conrads ; 861 E Walnut St, Pasadena 91101


Chapter News

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Upcoming SGV Speakers on June 21, 2018

Join us on Thursday, June 21st, when our LA Chapter member, Jackson Bloszies, will be presenting on the nature, care and responsibility of owning the largest snake on the planet, Reticulated Pythons!

All are welcomed to attend!

July 19th: Join us for our summer potluck! Sign up sheet will be on our Facebook page soon.

If you know of someone who would be an interesting speaker for the SGV Chapter, please contact Vice President Ron Sawyer at [email protected]


John Saint John

John Saint John, President

I have always been interested in Herpetology since I was a child. My family and I have always had a herp or several over the years; my favorite being Kingsnakes. I also house the adoption animals for the society. I have been in the Society on and off since 74. I wish to welcome everyone visiting this page to attend one of our meetings to say hello. We are always excited to meet likeminded people and are more than willing to help others with their pets.

Ron Sawyer

Ron Sawyer, Vice-President

My love and fascination with herpetology started when I was around 7 years old and got my first pet: A fence lizard (when pet stores carried them back in the ‘70s). Since then, I’ve had many dozens of reptiles and amphibians, as well as a horde of furry and feathered creatures. Currently, my only pets at the moment are a crested gecko named Luna and some desert beetles but I've been eying some other reptiles so my collection may soon grow. I joined SWHS last year with my son Vincent to hang out with like-minded folks and awesome scaly critters and to help introduce herpetology to our community.

Peggy Wu

Peggy Wu, Secretary

The only herps I have are a young rhino iguana named Walter (trust me, he runs my entire life!) and a grey rat snake named Otto who goes to Education Outreach events with me. I joined the SWHS society late in 2012. In the time I have been a member, I have met some wonderful people who love animals, take action for conservation, and reach out to the community via education events and finding homes for abandoned herps. This is a great group of hard working herpers and I've learned so much from them already.

Robert Dominguez

Robert Dominguez, Sergeant at Arms

I am the Sergeant at Arms for the San Gabriel Valley Chapter. I attend meetings and outreach events with my wife and daughter.

Chris DeGroof

Chris DeGroof, Member at Large

My love and fascination with herpetology started when I was around 7 years old and got my first pet: A fence lizard (when pet stores carried them back in the ‘70s). Since then, I’ve had many dozens of reptiles and amphibians, as well as a horde of furry and feathered creatures. Currently, my only pets at the moment are a crested gecko named Luna and some desert beetles but I've been eying some other reptiles so my collection may soon grow. I joined SWHS last year with my son Vincent to hang out with like-minded folks and awesome scaly critters and to help introduce herpetology to our community.

Xochitl Manriquez

Xochitl Manriquez, Member at Large

I am a Member at Large for the San Gabriel Valley Chapter. I attend outreach events and meetings with my husband and daughter.

Leah Saint John

Leah Saint John, Member at Large

I am a Member at Large for the San Gabriel Chapter. My husband John is an officer and runs the SWHS Adoption and Rescue Program.

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